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Mastering the Facts
‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčThese resources are the result of a collaborative effort of educators from the Campbell River School District and math consultant Carole Fullerton. The goal was to create a single resource of lessons and practice opportunities for teachers to support their learners to truly master the facts - not just to memorize them, but to understand and recall them.‚Äč

 Mastering the Facts: Addition

The lessons and activities are based on the belief that master of the facts depends on a set of overlapping competencies and promoting these competencies through direct instruction, rich tasks and meaningful practice will allow our learners to truly master the facts.
  1. Students must know and be able to manipulate‚Äč a set of efficient strategies for deriving the facts that they understand and can access with fluency.
  2. To develop robust recall, students must have conceptual understanding. They must understand the math, experience it in a variety of concrete, pictorial and abstract ways, and be able to articulate their connections.
  3. Students must possess a productive disposition - the ability to persist and to make meaning of mathematical situations.
‚ÄčThe strategies in this resource unite a family of facts. We suggest an instructional sequence for introducing the facts - the resource itself is laid out in the sequence. The strategies are taught in "families" (not necessarily the traditional fact families).

Each strategy in this resource is laid out through the following key aspects:
  • ‚ÄčThe Facts to be Mastered
    The Big Math Ideas
  • A Direct Instruction Lesson
  • A Guided Practice Lesson
  • An Independent Practice Lesson
  • A Literature Connection
  • A Real World Connection
  • A Home-School Connection
  • A Fluency Builder
  • An Assessment Task
  • A Set of Fact Cards
  • Line Masters for Games and Tasks
‚Äč ‚ÄčMastering the Facts: Addition - Teacher Resource Book (English Only) CDN $20.00‚Äč
‚Äč ‚ÄčMastering the Facts: Addition - English Posters (set of 9) ‚ÄčCDN $15.00
‚Äč ‚ÄčMastering the Facts: Addition - French Posters (set of 9) ‚ÄčCDN $15.00
 

 Mastering the Facts: Multiplication

‚ÄčThe lessons and activities are based on the belief that students need to fully understand what multiplication is before learning to master the facts and that students need to see modeled, hear explicitly stated, and be exposed to the big math ideas throughout the process of this learning. This package focuses on supporting students to fully understand the following big math ideas:

  • We can think "groups of" or "rows of" when we multiply.
  • We can model multiplication with materials.
  • An array can be used to model multiplication. The dimensions of a rectangle are the factors.
  • When we multiply, the answer is called the product.
  • We multiply two (or more) factors to get the product.
  • We can reverse the order of the factors and the product remains the same. This is called the commutative property.

The strategies in this resource unite a family of facts. We suggest an instructional sequence for introducing the facts - the resource itself is laid out in the sequence. The strategies are taught in "families" (not necessarily the traditional fact families).

Each strategy in this resource is laid out through the following key aspects:

  • The Facts to be Mastered
  • The Big Math Ideas
  • A Direct Instruction Lesson
  • A Guided Practice Lesson
  • An Independent Practice Lesson
  • A Literature Connection
  • A Real World Connection
  • A Fluency Builder
  • An Assessment Task
  • A Set of Colour-Coded Multiplication Fact Cards
  • Line Masters for Games and Tasks
‚ÄčMastering the Facts: Multiplication - Teacher Resource Book (English only) CDN $20.00‚Äč
‚Äč ‚ÄčMastering the Facts: Multiplication - English Posters (set of 9) ‚ÄčCDN $15.00
‚Äč ‚ÄčMastering the Facts: Multiplication - French Posters (set of 9) ‚ÄčCDN $15.00